By now, you should know I love reviewing different Bibles. Kids’ Bibles interest me, in particular, because I am constantly looking to provide opportunities to access the Word with younger children.
The NIrV Kids’ Devotional Bible is a wonderful resource for helping kids strengthen their relationship with the Lord and unlock a deeper understanding of scripture. I wasn’t familiar with this version, but luckily there are 3 pages at the beginning discussing how this version was created and whom it would be appropriate for. Think of NIrV as a simplified version of the New International Version (NIV).
I would say this is a great first “real” Bible for elementary aged students or tweens. It contains all chapters and verses, but the language has been revised to be more accessible and more easily understood by beginning readers. For difficult words, there is a dictionary at the back of the bible. My favorite aspect (from an English teacher’s perspective) is the chapter previews that instill anticipation and excitement for the upcoming reading in each chapter.
The whimsical illustrations are appealing and accompanied by relevant devotionals that ask questions that inspire critical thinking and application of scriptural teaching to contemporary life. The devotions are a great tool for parents and teachers to discuss with younger readers, but they are also excellent for encouraging an independent spiritual relationship. There are enough devotionals for an entire year of reading, spaced periodically after short sections of scripture, suggesting a reading plan for kids to read through the Bible in a year. Reading can be chronological or topical, as there is a verse listing by topic at the back of this Bible.
The harcover and binding are both durable and able to withstand heavy use, which is appealing for daily use or rough-and-tumble wear kids tend to place on their belongings.
My one complaint is that it is lacking in both maps and historical context. For the intended age group, I don’t think it is necessary, but it would have been a nice addition to use for additional reference.
Overall, I think this Bible is an excellent choice! I prefer it to the Big Dreams, Big Prayers Bible I previously review, which was intended for the same age group. This seems much more accessible to me, with less focus on prayer and more on introspection and daily life applications of scripture.